USC 45 @ Washington St. 14 | 09/18 | 7:30 PM UTC
ANALYSIS: The firing of former USC head coach Clay Helton is more likely to cause disruptions to the offense. QB Kedon Slovis has been slow to develop, and his sidekicks have contributed minimally. The offense managed just two TDs against San Jose State and one until late in the fourth quarter of a loss to Stanford, when the Cardinal pulled many starters. Interim coach Donte Williams is a defensive guy, having overseen Trojans CBs, and needs time to get up to speed with the offense. The Cougars’ lone game against an FBS foe produced 49 points.